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24 May 2013

Last night the Parliamentary Committee published its report.

I have not yet read the report in detail but am informed by the Principal Policy Solicitor of the Queensland Law Society who is on the QLS Committee which made submissions to the Inquiry, that the 32 recommendations of the report are relatively measured and include:

  • No change to journey claims
  • No change to common law access
  • No change to the definition of injury at this stage, but a perhaps harmonised with NDIS down the track
  • Some not insignificant changes are made to the handling of psychological injury, including the 'reasonable management action' defence
  • Employee fraud prosecutions to be undertaken by QCOMP
  • Recommendation 28 - "The Committee recommends that the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice investigate the issues of 'no-win-no-fee' arrangements and the '50/50 rule' with a view to curtailing the speculative nature of some claims."
  • No change to excess or claims reporting

See the below link:
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/committees/FAC/2012/OpQldWorkersComp/rpt-028-23May2013.pdf

 

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